Clifton Gardens, New South Wales

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Clifton Gardens
SydneyNew South Wales
Clifton Gardens is located in New South Wales
Clifton Gardens
Clifton Gardens
Coordinates33°50′32″S 151°14′51″E / 33.84211°S 151.24755°E / -33.84211; 151.24755Coordinates: 33°50′32″S 151°14′51″E / 33.84211°S 151.24755°E / -33.84211; 151.24755
Location8 km (5 mi) north-east of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Municipality of Mosman
Localities around Clifton Gardens:
Spit Junction Georges Heights
Clifton Gardens

Clifton Gardens is an urban locality in the suburb of Mosman in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Clifton Gardens is located in the local government area of the Municipality of Mosman and is part of the Lower North Shore. Clifton Gardens is adjacent Chowder Bay.

Clifton Gardens features an affluent residential area and is home to several beaches and wharves on Sydney Harbour. Clifton Gardens is also a popular fishing spot in summer. Species like the yellowtail kingfish, bonito and Australian salmon are caught frequently during summer months. In winter trevally can be caught quite regularly.


Early settler Captain E. H. Cliffe purchased a 23-hectare (56-acre) estate on the waters edge, he named it "Cliffeton" and it is believed that the area's name was derived from that. A hotel called the Clifton Arms was built in 1871 by D. Butters. It was leased in 1879 then bought in 1880 by David Thompson who built the Marine Hotel that operated from 1885 to 1967. Thompson also built a wharf and dancing pavilion here and the area became popular as a picnic spot.[1]

In 1906, Sydney Ferries Limited, purchased the Thompson estate comprising land, the three-storey hotel, wharf dancing pavilion and skating rink. The company built a large circular swimming enclosure that could hold 3,000 spectators, a boatshed and a tramway from the wharf to the hotel. Before First World War, ferries full of picnickers came at weekends. The structure burnt down in 1956.[2]

Clifton Gardens Hotel was demolished on 17 November 1967.[3]


  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School[4]


  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church[5]



  1. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 63
  2. ^ "Hindsight", Mosman Magazine, pp. 28–29, February 2010
  3. ^ Sydney Morning Herald
  4. ^ "Blessed Sacrament Clifton Gardens - Welcome". Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  5. ^ "". Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Army - The Soldiers' Newspaper". Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013.

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